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Lot # 707 (of 1525)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1910 Baseball Pitcher and Catcher Statues (2)

Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $1,160.00

Matched pair of baseball figures of extraordinarily high quality features a pitcher and catcher. The base of the each is signed and dated by the artist, "P. Testi, NY, 1910." The detail is tremendous, including facial detail, uniform folds, glove details, ball in hand of pitcher, catcher mask at foot of catcher, etc. These figures give the impression of bronzes and were produced in a most unusual manner. Because they are not heavy enough to be solid metal, we initially thought they were sculpted plaster figures which had simply been painted with an extremely heavy coat of lead-based paint. Careful examination of a very small crack in the catcher's neck reveals that these figures are in fact plaster sculptures, but whatever process was used to coat them is far more elaborate than simply painting. The exteriors of these are clearly metal, appearing almost as if the figures have actually been dipped in metal. However this was accomplished, the exteriors appear to have a metal as opposed to paint base. These figures may be unique; they are certainly the first examples we have seen. The pitcher stands 10 inches tall, the catcher stands 9 inches tall. Aside from a tiny crack in the neck of the catcher, of no consequence with reference to display value and which actually provides the benefit of insight into how these figures were made, both statues are in Excellent to Mint condition. These are extraordinary examples of early baseball figural art. Total 2 figures. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,160.00

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